Vision

Contextural is a sustainable, not-for-profit enterprise, run by artist members for use by its artist members. Contextural provides textile artists with access to affordable, safe, properly equipped, specialized studio space from which they can work, learn and interact with fellow artists, designers and the community at large. The Contextural studio supplies facilities for the use of its membership with a focus on the dyeing and printing of textiles.

Contextural actively encourages educational aspects of fibre art study through the use of: workshops, lectures, community involvement, and mentoring opportunities. We believe that the arts make invaluable contributions to the cultural, social and economic vitality of a community. Contextural recognizes this contribution and nurtures the development of fibre artists and their work. Contextural members ensure that the cooperative will be well managed and decisions that affect the cooperative will be arrived at democratically with full member involvement.

Contextural cooperative will establish a gallery space that fosters the appreciation of fibre arts and increases the profile of the cooperative’s work within the community. Possible partnering with other artistic, cultural, social enterprises will be pursued by the cooperative with the focus on creating dynamic interactions that satisfies the needs of the membership.Contextural serves textile artists in their pursuit of contemporary textile design development. The membership is interested in sharing their interest in fibre arts through “open house” events. A fundamental part of our vision is to nurture a collaborative environment where artists are free to explore their personal interests and participate in joint projects thus building a community of contemporary textile artists based in Western Canada.